Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has once again stepped in to make a football decision for his team.
Newly appointed offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will take over as the offensive play-caller this upcoming season, a job current head coach Jason Garrett has had with Dallas since 2007.
What’s most interesting about Jones’ decision is the fact that the Cowboys offenses were actually very efficient under Garrett during his time as the play-calling head coach. Here’s a table depicting where Garrett’s offenses ranked on a per-drive basis over the last two years:
|2011||32.73 (11)||2.02 (8)||.212 (10)|
|Year||Yards Per Drive / Ranking||Points Per Drive / Ranking||TD’s Per Drive / Ranking|
|2012||34.01 (8)||2.01 (10)||.215 (11)|
(Figures courtesy of FootballOutsiders.com)
However, when it came to running the football and turning it over, Garrett’s offenses were not nearly as effective:
|Year||Rushing YPG / Ranking||Rushing YPC / Ranking||TO’s Per Game / Ranking|
|2011||112.9 (18)||4.4 (9)||1.3 (6)|
|2012||79.1 (31)||3.6 (30)||1.8 (25)|
It’s important to remember that these tables aren’t accounting for the difference in personnel between Callahan’s Raiders and Garrett’s Cowboys, or the myriad of injuries Dallas dealt with over the last two campaigns.
The 47-year-old Garrett was once dubbed an offensive play-calling guru and took over head coach duties after Wade Phillips was fired in the middle of the 2010 season. But now Garrett has been relegated to clock manager, and…well, it’s not really known what else.
While he directed relatively high-powered, pass-happy offenses, the running game was subpar, and most importantly, the Cowboys haven’t made the playoffs since 2009, with Garrett’s teams finishing third in the NFC East three consecutive years.
Although Jerry Jones told NFL.com’s AlbertBreer that “Garrett isn’t coaching for his job” (per NFL Network’s Jeremy Ryan) in 2013, Garrett has basically become Jones’ sideline puppet. Being stripped of the opportunity to deploy his once-renowned offensive genius on Sundays—let’s call it a mini-demotion—is a telling setback for Garrett, however.
There’s a chance the Garrett-Callahan dynamic will work in Dallas, but reducing the head coach’s power is rarely a positive sign for that coach.
Courtesy of Bleacherreport.com